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Barefoot comfort away from the stresses of modern life, a place of fresh air and perfect peace

The Pemba Channel Lodge is Sandra and Peter Ruysenaars' unique home on Kenya's South Coast.

The Pemba Channel Lodge is tucked away in the tiny fishing village of Shimoni on the southern Kenya coast, not far from the Tanzania border, 80 kms south of Mombasa. Shimoni, which means 'the place of the hole' was integral to the infamous slave trade of the 19C. Shimoni is about a 2 hour drive from Mombasa down the coast towards Tanzania.

Founded over 40 years ago, the rustic simplicity of The Pemba Channel Lodge combines African tradition with its Colonial Heritage and is comfortable and friendly. The feel of the place is low-key, informal and casual. Although simple, Pemba Channel Lodge is professionally run and provides a very high standard of service.

The Pemba Channel Lodge is in a tranquil setting and its elevated position ensures privacy and excellent views across the Channel to Wasini Island with the Usambara Mountains of Tanzania as a back-drop. The grounds are quiet and peacefully secluded. Central to the garden is our large fresh water swimming pool on the edge of a small cliff, the steps of which are the perfect place for evening sundowners. Laze there long enough and the silky evening turns to velvet night and the sun gives way to the major constellations and the Milky Way.

Accommodation

There are 6 private cottages, all in a much loved tropical garden setting, each with a verandah which overlooks the sea or the swimming pool. Each bungalow is light and airy, is individually furnished and is spotlessly clean.

The beds are larger than average and all cottages have huge mosquito nets.

Each cottage is en-suite with the best showers on the coast! Plenty of fresh water is supplied from our water desalination plant, which is capable of producing 10,000 ltrs of fresh water per day.

Facilities

- Well stocked bar and excellent wine list
- 23 meter fresh water swimming pool

The lovingly maintained gardens have over 100 indigenous tress and scented shrubs and, in season, they are able to pick their own mangoes, citrus, pineapples and papaya (that is if we get there before the Colobus Monkeys and the Bush Babies).

The bird life is prolific and they have identified well over 150 species. The forests to the north of are also teeming with bird life.

We have an independent power facility of 64 KvA in the event of power outages.

Food and Drink

Food at the Pemba Channel Lodge is one of their passions! This is reflected in Sandra's enthusiasm and that of her team. Using a combination of Swahili, Indian, Mediterranean and Eastern Cuisines, the cooks produce exotic and imaginative faire - fresh seafood is one of our specialties, light and succulent salads, delicious dressings for pasta and super sauces for balmy evening bar-b-q's served with home baked breads, fruit and fresh salads from our garden. Special diets can be catered for on request. Please give us advance warning! The eclectic cuisine exceeds all expectations.

Diving

Kisite Marine National Park is beautiful and intact. The entire Marine Park is in shallow water meaning it accommodates all levels of diver.

The reefs at Kisite and Mpunguti Marine National Park are scientifically important habitats, one of the most complex eco-systems in the world.

Fourty-five varieties of coral have so far been identified. They include staghorn, brain, mushroom and pencil species of live coral which are easy to goggle over but deep enough to avoid damage from human contact. The sheer numbers of fish (more than 250 species recorded) feeding around the coral is an amazing sight.

Kisite is a feast of colour and movement with eye-catching coral fish including butterfly, parrot, rockcod, angel fish and rays. Dolphins are common, as are big shoals of bonito and frigate mackerel. Nearby Shimoni is the home of families of fresh water porpoises which cruise in and out of the Kisite Marine Park and are frequently seen in the channel between the mainland and Shimoni.

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